This piece was originally published on the Saxum Perspective Blog.
Last month, I was invited to speak with a group of South Asian students visiting The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Oklahoma. The workshop was about new media and its impact on democracies in the 21st century. I met with 20 students from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Naturally, the Arab Spring was a major topic of discussion.
According to the Arab Social Media Report, at the end of the first quarter of 2011, there were 27.7 million Facebook users in the Arab world, a 30 percent jump from the beginning of the year.